Baker Lake-Johnson Lake Loop is a 12.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Baker, Nevada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
12.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,366 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

no dogs

The Baker Lake and Johnson Lake Trails can be combined as a loop hike. The connecting section is a steep route over the ridge between Baker and Johnson Lakes. The ridgetop offers spectacular views in all directions, including the south faces of Wheeler Peak and Baker Peak.

backpacking
2 months ago

Fantastic hike. Hiked up the Baker Creek trail and spent the first night at Baker Lake. There was plenty of water along the way in the streams and springs. It had rained the night before so everything was cool and wet. The trail is very lush and green most of the way with water everywhere. You can definitely get by with only carrying a liter of water if you have a filter to make more. One small group joined us at Baker Lake and camped the night there. There was cloud cover that night so it did not get too cold. Probably around 40F. It rained a little.

Day two we went pyramid pass with the intent of climbing to the peak and spending the night somewhere around Johnson Lake. The hike up the pass is very steep and there is not really a trail. The way is marked well with caryns. At the top of the pass, we ditched our packs. The weather was way too sketchy (rain clouds and a little thunder) to get the peak so we hiked to the pass just west of pyramid pass and got a great view of the valley to the west. We headed down the pass and ate lunch at Johnson Lake. Johnson Lake is fed by a spring and the water is crystal clear. There are no fish in it. Plenty of historic cabins and buildings to see in the area. We continued down and made a left at the Timber Creek trail. This sucked. It was steep and hot in full exposure. After Snake Creek Divide, it was downhill again through a nice large meadow where we made a left on the South Fork Baker Creek trail. We camped just past the confluence of some springs and the south fork of Baker Creek. It rained a little again that night and then the cloud cover went away. It got cold. I would say just above freezing.

Day three we hiked out the last few miles along side the south fork of Baker Creek through a beautiful meadow. Great hike and we only saw one other group of people the first night.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trip! We started out on the Baker Lake Creek Trail. This is a well-maintained trail with gradual inclines. Shady. Lots of water. We were really impressed with it. We camped at Baker Lake and then made our way up to the saddle the next morning. There were cairns to guide our way up. There was snow on the right-hand side, but it was dry on the other. This wasn't too hard, and was easier than we thought it would be. At the top of the saddle we dropped our packs and hiked up to Pyramid Peak. Again, this was not as difficult as we though it would be. Only the strong winds and elevation made it strenuous. Came back down and made our way down the saddle's other side. This was a little sketchy, as there was snow. We made our way around the snow and picked our way down. There was lots of loose dirt and rocks the first 1/4 of the way down. Slid a few times. The trail became clear after that and was much less steep. Not sure if there's a better way than the way we went. Made our way down to Johnson Lake and then down the rest of Baker Lake Creek Trail that hooks up with South Fork Baker Creek and Timber Creek. We took the way that connects to Timber Creek Trail and met up with the trailhead at the end.

5 months ago

Very hard excruciating, not just difficult. very steep and rocky but the river was gorgeous with early spring run off. you follow the river the whole way. Snow was dangerous. some places 3 feet on the steep trail.

recorded Timber Creek Loop

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hiking
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